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The bearers of Weightman and its variants are generally thought to have come from the noble family of Le Blancs in Normandy, who traveled to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest. Although the name certainly came to Britain from Normandy, there is some speculation that it already existed in Britain prior to the conquest. The word "white" itself is derived from the Old English word "hwit." This name was most likely originally used as a nickname for a person with white hair or a pale complexion.

Weightman Early Origins



The surname Weightman was first found in Durham, but we must look to South Warnborough in Southampton for one of the most interesting stories about the family. "The church is very ancient, with a fine Norman arch at the entrance; in the chancel is a curious monument to Sir Thomas White and his family. Tradition says that Queen Elizabeth, when residing at Odiham, rode over to the manor-house here, and after partaking of breakfast with the above-mentioned Thomas White, knighted him in his own saloon." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Weightman Spelling Variations


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Weightman Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: White, Whyte, Wight and others.

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Weightman Early History


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Weightman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weightman research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1106, 1066, 1172, 1327, 1236, 1560, 1585, 1579, 1656, 1593, 1676, 1628, 1698, 1685, 1690, 1630, 1686, 1620, 1704, 1657, 1656, 1172 and are included under the topic Early Weightman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weightman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Weightman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John White (c.1585), an English painter and cartographer who was sent to Roanoke Island (now in North Carolina) as artist, mapmaker, and later as governor; Andrew White (1579-1656), a Jesuit theology professor who went to Maryland as the head of a band of...

Another 90 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weightman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Weightman In Ireland


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Weightman In Ireland



Some of the Weightman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Weightman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Weightman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729

Weightman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Weightman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Thomas Weightman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Stephen Weightman, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1888

Weightman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Alexander Weightman, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Weightman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Weightman (post 1700)



  • William Weightman, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 5th District, 1998
  • Roger C. Weightman, American politician, Mayor of Washington, District of Columbia, 1824-27
  • Richard Hanson Weightman (1816-1861), American politician, Delegate to U.S. Congress from New Mexico Territory, 1851
  • Ray Weightman (b. 1898), American Republican politician, Holt County Prosecuting Attorney, 1925-29; Circuit Judge in Missouri 4th Circuit, 1947-55
  • William Weightman (1813-1904), English-born, American chemical manufacturer, one of the largest landowners in the United States
  • Roger Chew Weightman (1787-1876), American politician, civic leader, and printer, mayor of Washington, D. C. (1824 to 1827)
  • Major General George W. Weightman, U.S. Army Family Medicine physician, recipient of Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4), Bronze Star (2), Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal (4)
  • William Weightman (1814-1842), love interest of Anne Brontė
  • Gavin Weightman (b. 1945), British journalist and historian
  • Dale "Flea" Weightman (b. 1959), Australian rules footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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